With 10 years of legislative experience in Albany, Dan understands the relationship between the enactment of laws and the enforcement of laws far better than anyone other candidate for Manhattan District Attorney. As a legislator, Dan led legislation to reform our criminal justice system, like decriminalizing the possession of gravity knives in New York State because the statute was a racist law that served no public safety purpose.
As District Attorney, Dan will continue this work, and decline to prosecute low-level charges that serve no public safety goal and instead largely incarcerate Black and brown New Yorkers. When laws are unjust, he will refuse to prosecute them, and he will work with legislators to repeal them.
The bottom line is this: Dan will focus resources on prosecuting economic crimes and violent crimes that harm our communities.
Here’s some of what Dan won’t prosecute: